The Marshall County Conservation Board is celebrating two anniversaries this weekend. Mike Stegmann who is the director of the Marshall County Conservation Board and says it’s a great time to remember the past and celebrate the successes of the Conservation Center over the past 10 years. "What we're going to do is mainly reminisces about our past accomplishments we've had over 10 years since we've been open; some of the goals set, actually prior to the Conservation Center, that had been accomplished, "says Steggman, "and then, not only reflect on what's been done, but start to move forward again with new activities."
Steggman says they are celebrating another major milestone Saturday as well, when they recognize the 30th
anniversary of Uncle Ike’s Nature Program. Which according to Steggman, "started in Marshalltown 30 years ago, and then became a nationwide program."
And there is plenty to celebrate with significant milestones like these. Many activities will be taking place throughout the day, but there is one in particular that is rather unique. One of the activities taking place is the Stargazing. And Steggman says that this is possible in the middle of the day with the help of the Amateur Astronomers of Central Iowa. With their technology called "solar viewing," Steggman says that viewing the stars won't be limited to a nighttime activity.
Other activities include:
Prairie Creek String Band
Wagon Rides to the observation tower
All of this will take place at the Marshall County Conservation Center at Grimes Farm which is located at 2359 233rd Ave.
The Uncle Ike's Celebration will take place from 10 AM until Noon. The Conservation Center celebration will take place beginning at 1:15 PM and go through 5:00 PM.
--By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke